LCF is Backbone for Family of Boy With Crohn’s

Forgive Jasmine DeMatteis for wishing for an end to the holiday season and all of its focus on food — which isn’t any fun for a 4-year-old who can’t eat it.
Her youngest, Jude DeMatteis, has primarily been living off a feeding tube since he was 4 months old because he’s unable to digest proteins in food.
Until recently, doctors and other medical experts were stumped as to why. A new diagnosis has offered clarity, but life’s still difficult for the little guy, who is never far from the loving, devoted embrace of his mother and family — as well as some excellent area doctors and many others in La Cañada Flintridge who have monitored his status.
In December 2014, Jude’s condition attracted attention from local media outlets, including KTLA-TV and newspapers that reported on the “mystery illness” plaguing the toddler.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Four-year-old Jude DeMatteis (right), who has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, has many dedicated supporters, including family members Jack, Jasmine, Jenna and Jason.

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